May 22, 2024  
University of Alberta Calendar 2022-2023 
University of Alberta Calendar 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Specialization in Planning [Science]

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Earth and Atmospheric Sciences encompass the study of the atmosphere, surface and interior of the earth. The Department administers 10 academic programs: Honors and Specialization in Environmental Earth Sciences, Honors and Specialization in Geology, Honors and Specialization in Paleontology, BSc Specialization in Planning, BA Major and Minor in Human Geography, and BA Major in Planning. For details on the Major and Minor in Human Geography and on the BA Major in Planning, see Faculty of Arts listing.

Specialization in Planning

The School of Urban and Regional Planning educates students in the scientific, aesthetic, and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of communities. Planners work for all levels of government and in professional planning consultancies The School of Urban and Regional Planning in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers a BA major in Planning and a BSc Specialization in Planning. Students interested in focusing on natural science elements of planning, including environmental management and the use of geographic information sciences, should consider the BSc program and those interested in the aesthetic, economic, and social issues of planning should consider the BA program (see Planning  of the Calendar).

Continuation in the Specialization in Planning program requires a minimum 2.3 GPA on at least 18 units in the previous Fall/Winter. To graduate in four years, a student needs 30 units per year.

Graduation requires a minimum 2.3 GPA on the last 60 units credited to the degree. A student enrolling in the Specialization program should confer with the Planning program student advisor before registration.

Special Note: Prior to the 2020/21 Calendar, the Course Designation of HGP was used for HGEO and PLAN courses. HGP courses can be used in place of HGEO or PLAN courses  provided they have the same course numbers, for example HGP 399 can be used in place of  either HGEO 399 or PLAN 399. Similarly, HGEO or PLAN courses of the same number can be  used in place of HGP courses for those following earlier versions of the Calendar.

Year 4


  1. List A courses include: BIOL 299 , BIOL 330 , BIOL 331 , BIOL 332 , BIOL 333 , BIOL 364 , BIOL 365 , BIOL 366 , BIOL 381 , BIOL 464 and BIOL 470; EAS 323 , EAS 324 , EAS 327 , EAS 401, EAS 425 , EAS 427 EAS 428 EAS 451 , EAS 452 , EAS 457 , EAS 458 .
  2. For students entering the Science Internship Program: WKEXP 955 , WKEXP 956  are required.
  3. PLAN 355 , HGEO 381 , HGEO 470  and PLAN 485  may be used as a Science courses by students in the BSc Specialization in Planning program. 

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